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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 13, 2009 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loss of a Legend

I have an interesting Les Paul story - nothing cool like meeting him or anything, but my son and I will be forever linked because of him.

My son is a high school chemistry teacher and part time musician. He plays guitar, and although he plays tech metal (pretty damn good I might add) I encourage him to do what makes him happy - to an extent, and as long as there is a fallback plan (teaching).

Anyway, a few years back, his then girlfriend left for 6 months study abroad in London. Within a week they were carping and sniping at each other via Skype and emails. About 4 weeks into her absence, he came down and said he wanted to fly over and see her. 6 days, $3000. I said no, he got pissed. I figured 6 days wasn't going to do anything for their relationship - they were either going to make it or not.

So he says, "Well I'm going to get a new guitar."

I said "Fine, what are you going to get?"

He says, "I'm going to get the new Epiphone."

I say "No"

He gets pissed again and tells me "Well it's my money."

I say "That's right, that's why you are going to buy the last guitar you are ever going to need."

He looks at me dumbfounded, mouth agape (typical 20 year old expression of defiance these days) and says "Huh? Do you mean......, um, wait, what?"

I said "Yes. Go get the '59 Reissue Triburst. Don't volunteer to your Mother how much it cost, but if she asks, tell the truth. Otherwise she'll never know or care."

He did. She didn't.

After he gets back from the music store he asks what I was thinking. I told him the best case scenario was that he'd get a bad-ass guitar AND he'd still have his girlfriend when she got back. Worst case was he'd have a bad-ass guitar. No lose sitch if you ask me.

He looks at me and says, "I hate it when you are always right, but not really."

His ex girlfriend is a red head. He nicknamed the guitar "Ginger".

Thanks for the memories Les.

This post was modified by Mandojammer on 2009-08-13 17:28:09

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 13, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loss of a Legend

Great story.

One of my old college buddies is a huge Johnny Winter fan and blues guitar player. I remember asking him about his Black Les Paul Custom way back when we were in college - the guitar already had the usage marks of a little age.

He said he bought it as soon as he had enough money (I think he was 13 or something) - he paid $750.00 for it brand new!!

He still has it and still plays it and he and his 'band' Jam every Tuesday night.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 13, 2009 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loss of a Legend

very cool story - and one that epitomizes the legend. thanks for sharing.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 13, 2009 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Loss of a Legend

The more I come across you in this place the more my opinion solidifies that you are indeed one very cool guy. A real pleasure to have you aboard the good old Ship of Fools, Mr Submariner.